The greater the effort, the greater the glory.

— Pierre Corneille

The most belligerent Pierre Corneille quotes that will activate your inner potential

Self-love is the source of all our other loves.

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A liar is always lavish of oaths.

55

These flattering mirrors reflect imperfectly what is within;

the countenance is often a gay deceiver. What defects of mind lie hidden under its beauty! What fair exteriors conceal base souls!

48

It matters more how one gives than what one gives.

43

Heaven often regulates effects by their causes, and pays the wicked what they have deserved.

29

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.

25

We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.

23

To take revenge halfheartedly is to court disaster; either condemn or crown your hatred.

23

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.

21

He who plays advisor is no longer ambassador.

20

Time is a great manager: it arranges things well.

14

All great virtues become great men.

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About Pierre Corneille

Quotes 139 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Dramatist
Birthday October 16

The man who pardons easily courts injury.

13

Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven.

12

All evils are equal when they are extreme.

11

Brave men are brave from the very first.

11

Happiness seems made to be shared.

9

A liar is full of oaths.

9

We triumph without glory when we conquer without danger.

8

Danger breeds best on too much confidence.

7

Just vengeance does not call for punishment.

7

As for our gods, we have a few too many to be true.

7

He who despises life is his life's master.

6

Good fortune leads one to the highest glory, But to renounce it calls for equal courage.

6

If you betray me, can I take a better revenge than to love the person you hate?

6

There are secret ties, there are sympathies, by the sweet relationship of which souls that are well matched attach themselves to each other, and are affected by I know not what, which cannot be explained

6

Those who easily forgive invite offenses.

5

I have deserved neither so much honor or so much disgrace.

5

He who has resolved to conquer or die is seldom conquered;

such noble despair perishes with difficulty.

5

Flee an enemy who knows your weakness.

5

He who can live in infamy is unworthy of life.

5

A monarch must sometimes rule even himself: he who wants everything must risk very little.

5

To he who avenges a father, nothing is impossible

5

He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be so;

and insolence, if unpunished, increases! [Lat., Qui se laisse outrager, merite qu'on l'outrage Et l'audace impunie enfle trop un courage.]

4

Omnipotence is bought with ceaseless fear.

4

For souls nobly born, valor doesn't await the passing of years

4

Force is legitimate where gentleness avails not.

4

Clemency is the surest proof of a true monarch.

[Fr., La clemence est la plus belle marque Qui fasse a l'univers connaitre un vrai monqrque.]

4

Severity is allowable where gentleness has no effect.

4

One often calms one's grief by recounting it.

4

Love is a tyrant sparing none.

4

Brave men are brave from the very first. [Fr., Les hommes valeureux le sont au premier coup.]

4

An example is often a deceptive mirror, and the order of destiny, so troubling to our thoughts, is not always found written in things past

3

Liberty may be of no more use Than stirring up the flame of civil wars;

Then, by disorder fatal to the world, One wants no king, the other wants no equal.

3

Here honor binds me, and I wish to satisfy it.

3

To myself alone do I owe my fame. [Fr., Je ne dois qu'a moi seul toute ma renommee.]

3

The worst of all States is the democratic State.

3

To myself alone do I owe my fame.

3

In recounting our woes, we often soothe them.

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